We are often asked what are the first steps to get started in bicycle touring. Well, there’s a short answer to that: find a bike, pick a destination (or better, just a direction), pack some stuff, and go cycling.
Travelling by bicycle really is for (almost) everybody, no matter your age, physical conditions, weight, training, cycling experience, mechanical skills, nor your budget. Many bicycle tourists travel with kids and even with their pets.
When we started bicycle touring we were tobacco smokers, alcohol drinkers, out of shape, ignorant about mechanics, and almost broke.
And guess what, we still are almost the same, just less broke, since bike touring surprisingly made us found many working opportunities. There’s only one thing you really need to start bicycle touring, and that is time.
We’re not going to tell you to leave your job unless you really want to start a different life, bike travel may be done in any time frame: you have only a week off during the year? Then plan a loop around your backyar